Among Czechs, Moravia’s capital has a dull rep: a likable enough place where not much actually happens. That ‘nothing to do here’ feel was cemented in the early 2000s by the hit local film Boredom in Brno (Nuda v Brně), and, sadly, not many people have gone back to reappraise their opinions. The reality, however, is very different. Tens of thousands of students who attend university here ensure a lively cafe and club scene that easily rivals Prague's. The museums are great too. And if you add in some excellent microbreweries and at least two of the country's best restaurants, there's plenty to reward more than a transit stop.
How to get to Brno?
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- Brno Airport (BRN) operates flights to Berlin, London and Milan (RyanAir)
- Vienna (VIE, Schwechat) is the best option. Take a direct bus from the airport to Brno city center. Look for connections between "Vienna Schwechat Flughafen (Airport)" and "Brno Hotel Grand". The journey is around 2.5 hrs. If you miss the bus, take a train to Vienna city center (16 mins) and then any direct train to Brno (1.5 hrs).
- Prague (PRG, Vaclav Havel Airport) is the alternative. Get to Brno by a wide variety of comfortable trains from Prague train station (2.5 hrs + 45 transfer from the airport to the train station)-
- Bratislava Airport (BTS) is RyanAir hub, so it might be useful when hunting cheap flight tickets within Europe.
There are direct trains to Brno from Hamburg (10 hrs), Berlin (7.5 hrs), Bratislava (1.5 hrs), Budapest (4 hrs), Dresden (5.5 hrs), Prague (2.5 hrs), Vienna (1.5 hrs), and many more. Trains from Warsaw take just one change (Břeclav or Bohumín).
The train station is called "Brno - hlavní nádraží".
Getting around Brno?
Brno has a great public transport system.
The tickets are valid for specific amounts of time and can be bought from yellow ticket vending machines at the stop, or at the newspaper agents. SMS ticket might be purchased with a Czech phone number only.
The conference venue (Faculty) is 10 minutes by a tram no. 1 direction Ečerova from the train station to the stop Lipová. The fare is 20 Kč (about 0.8 Euro) for a 15-minutes ticket, or 25 Kč (about 1 Euro) for a 60-minutes ticket.
To search for connection either use Google Maps or IDOS.